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Work experience and summer placements

Work Experience 2023-2024

All applications for work experience have now been filled for Spring and Summer 2024. Applicants may apply from October 2024 onwards.

CSCI is committed to taking on work experience students, year 10 and above, to participate in a period of work experience.

Students will have the opportunity to experience ‘live science’ within the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, a world-leading centre for stem cell research. The work experience placements will take place in our Principal Investigator’s labs, observing laboratory skills and techniques carried out by our research scientists.

Application process

Applicants should send a short covering letter (one side of A4 max), outlining why you wish to undertake work experience with us and what areas of science you are particularly interested in and why (and/or specify a particular Principal Investigator of interest). Please also include a brief CV with your application and the dates that you would like to be considered for work experience. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and it may not be possible to offer work experience placements for all applicants.

Please note that we can only host students in Year 10 (aged 14/15) and above (excluding accelerated students).

Please send all informal queries and/or applications to We will let you know as soon as possible of the outcome.


Nuffield placements

Nuffield Research Placements give students the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians for 4-6 weeks over the summer holidays. 

To find out more and to see if you meet the eligibility criteria, visit the Research Placements and Experiences website.

In2scienceUK programme

The In2scienceUK programme helps disadvantaged and under-represented 16-17 year olds (studying at least one STEM subject, either at sixth form or at college) gain an insight into science, technology, engineering or maths. The programme seeks supervisors to host these students for 2-week placements in the summer, and hosts can be anyone from PhD students, to Postdocs, to PIs. 

See here for more information.


Internships are fixed-term periods of paid work experience, typically lasting 1-3 months. 

You may want to check out the University of Cambridge School of Biological Sciences which run their internship programme Experience Postgrad Life Sciences every year for undergraduates.

In 2021, as a widening participation initiative, ‘Experience Postgrad Life Sciences programme’, will offer 8-week Summer research placements to second year UK and Republic of Ireland undergraduate students, with priority given to those from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.

External and existing University of Cambridge students are welcome to apply for internships within the University. To apply for an internship vacancy that you've seen advertised, please visit here for more information.

Please note: Applicants must apply to a specific vacancy - we cannot accept CVs from speculative applicants. 


Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) funding programme for education and training, youth and sport. 

The University of Cambridge has participated in the Erasmus programme since its inception 25 years ago and in the last few years there has been a substantial increase in student mobility.

Students from institutions with whom we have an Erasmus inter-institutional agreement can come at all levels; undergraduate, Masters and PhD and for one, two or three terms. Applicants must achieve the same entry requirements as students applying for a full degree, this includes an English language requirement. 

For more information about the Erasmus Programme, please visit Erasmus+.

Outreach projects - students under 16

Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) 

The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) delivers activities across East Anglia to help students in Years 9-13, with little or no experience of university, to explore the world of higher education.

Find out more here


Insight Discover

Insight Discover is a programme that students follow from Year 7 to Year 8, which aims to develop key academic skills to support them in their academic work. In addition, the programme introduces students to university and the options which are available to them in the future. 

Insight Discover is a collaborative programme with The Brilliant Club (see also below) and in the final part of Insight Discover our participants take part in the Brilliant Club’s Scholars Programme.

Find out more here


Insight Explore

Insight Explore is an academic programme for Year 9 students which aims to develop participants interests and tackle the barriers many students face when applying to university.

Find out more here.



The Realise project's aim is to encourage more young people in care to consider higher education. The University of Cambridge runs a large number of events ranging from science days to theatre days to give a taste of life as a student at Cambridge.

Find out more here

Outreach projects – students 16+


HE+ is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge's Admissions Office and Colleges, and state schools/colleges across the UK. The University and schools in 20 regions collaborate to form regional consortia to support highly-able students from under-represented areas and backgrounds, and involves approximately 4,000 students in Year 12 each year.

Find out more here. 



Insight + aims to support students making competitive applications to selective Higher Education Institutions by supporting students over 12 months from Easter in Year 12. Students receive additional subject specific teaching across five subject strands (English, Physics, Maths, Chemistry and History) which is delivered by experience teachers and departmental outreach practitioners.

Find out more here


Sutton Trust Summer Schools

Sutton Trust Summer Schools are free subject-specific residential courses for Year 12 students studying at state-maintained schools in the UK. The five-day summer schools in July and August allow students to explore their interest in one of 26 subjects and gain an insight into what it is like to live and study as a first-year undergraduate student at Cambridge.

Find out more here.


Opportunities for current postgraduate students to get involved with schools or training


Public engagement

If you have a great idea for engagement with community or patient groups, get in touch with the Institute Public Engagement team to discuss support and approaches:


The Brilliant Club

Are you a PhD researcher or doctoral graduate who wants to help a young person realise their academic potential?

The Brilliant Club’s 'Researcher Development Programme' offers PhD and Early Career Researchers a meaningful, professionally developmental, paid tutoring opportunity. Training with The Brilliant Club and working as a Scholars Programme tutor enables researchers to communicate their research to a non-specialist audience, gain valuable teaching and public engagement experience and deepen their knowledge of the UK education system.  

Tutors will be supported to complete a series of training modules before beginning work with us, and further continuous professional development for each subsequent placement. 

Find out more here.


Get in touch

For information about work experience, contact 

For information on internships, contact

For information on longer term student placements, contact

Other resources

The University of Cambridge Gurdon Institute runs an Aspiring Scientist Training Programme every year over the Summer. A few of their Group Leaders are affiliated with the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. 

More information about taking part in work experience at the University of Cambridge can be found here.